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India and Thailand signed Six agreements and Issued a Joint Statement



India signed six agreements with Thailand during the visit of latter’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on 24-26 January 2012. 

These agreements are as following:

1)The MoU on Defence Cooperation between India and Thailand.
The MoU would help further streamline and facilitate the ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries.

2)Treaty between India and Thailand on the transfer of sentenced prisoners
The treaty will enable Indians, convicted and sentenced in Thailand, to be brought to India to serve the remaining part of their sentence. Similarly, Thai prisoners serving sentence in India can be transferred to their home country.

3)Second Protocol to amend the Framework agreement between India and Thailand. Under this protocol, third country invoicing would be allowed for gear boxes made in India and two-door refrigerators would be added to the list of products traded under the Early Harvest Scheme launched under bilateral FTA. This would help boost Indian exports to Thailand as well as our bilateral trade.

4)Programme of Cooperation in the fields of Science & Technology for the year 2012-14
This document is under the framework bilateral agreement on S and T cooperation and covers scientific cooperation in a number of areas for the period 2012-14.

5)Cultural Exchange Programme between India and Thailand for the year 2012-14
This document will further deepen age-old cultural and historical ties between the two countries by promoting diverse cultural exchanges.

6)MoU between ICCR and Chulallongkorn University for setting up a Chair at the India Studies Centre
This document will enable setting up a Chair at the India Studies Centre at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

Besides, India and Thailand issued a joint statement. The highlights of this joint statement are as following:

• Both nations agreed to explore possibilities of collaboration between their respective oil and gas companies in Exploration and Production (E&P) opportunities in Thailand and India, as well as in third countries. 

• The two leaders unequivocally condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stressed that there could be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism. 

• Both sides expressed their desire to further enhance their valued partnership and cooperation in the context of India - ASEAN relations.

• The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in the United Nations and other international fora on matters of mutual interest.


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